Not By Might Nor By Power

 

Zechariah 4:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?”

Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?”

And I said, “No, my lord.”

So he answered and said to me:

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.

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Practising His Presence

James 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

They say that you become more and more like the the person you spend time with. So, if you spend more time communing with God, you too would be more like Him.

My goal is to be more like Him as I practise His presence in my daily life, thus involving Him in everything.

Are there things that you would not do, if you know He’s present? I know it’s challenging even driving home and having cars cut in when they’re not supposed to. I had to fight the urge to curse or swear.

But knowing that God is with me all the time, gives me peace and assurance that everything will be ok. Maybe not right now. But it will all work out in the end.

Ephesians 5:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)

Walk in Love

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

 

Not Missing In Action but Busy

If you’re wondering why I’ve not been writing much, it’s because I’ve been very busy painting. I’m one of the 10-15 people selected by a program (as emerging artists) and working on my 10 pieces of big art works for this project.

I am however thankful that God has opened this door of opportunity for me.

Time Out – Pause – Selah

Whatever you call it, you need it. I know I needed it. I had been running around so much, getting so busy with work (no – I’m not a workaholic) and trying to desperately to find time to pursue my passion in art, and yet still need to carve out time to spend with the Lord. Needless to say, it has been difficult because I found myself adding yet another thing in this plate. I had to find something else in order to escape my busy-ness. After a while, I decided to take a selah moment. Yes. Stop. Pause and spend time with God.

I recently attended Current for Women which was something like a conference but not really. To me, it felt more like a retreat because I needed time with God. I needed a place where I can pause to reflect and worship God. I liked how they had different stations with little booklets to guide you in your reflection. I totally enjoyed the sessions and found other ways of connecting to God. It provided a safe space for me to be myself and worship the Lord.

Gluttony

Have you ever been to a buffet dinner (or lunch) where you end up taking more food than you can consume? Did you sneak the small pieces of butter in your bag? Well – no doubt you paid for the buffet price but have you asked yourself why you’re doing that?

Not that I’ve done that but I’ve been to buffets with people I know. They take big bags to keep the bread or butter inside. I’ve never felt comfortable about it because I find myself asking this question, “Why do you need to sneak in so much extra food? Do you think God cannot provide for you tomorrow?”

What do you think?